Apart from the police report on what brought about the terrible accident which resulted in the death of Ebony Reigns, her friend and the soldier, below is an eyewitness account of what actually caused the death of the 3.
The narration was by Owusu Bernard, who claims to be a passenger on board on the VIP Bus which collided with the Jeep vehicle Ebony, Franky Kuri, the soldier and driver were riding in.
“It was around 10:24 pm when I heard our VIP bus with registration number GT 3273 -17 shouting in a local dialect “Nkwasiasem ben na driver yi redi yi? meaning what kind of a foolish thing is this driver doing after he saw him overspeeding and missing his lane driving into ours.
The driver of the Jeep was driving on top speed from Sunyani to Kumasi, upon reaching Mankranso junction,he came face to face with the chippings on the road,there was a heap of chippings which I’m told has been there for something now due to the slow pace at which the contractor is repairing the road with.
He veered off his lane ie from Sunyani to Kumasi road into that of the bus ie Kumasi to Sunyani road in order to dodge the heap of chippings and that was where our driver made such pronouncement I stated earlier. The VIP bus driver saw the impending danger and decided to leave our lane and give space for the Jeep to pass to avoid a collision. Things didn’t go well for Ebony’s driver as there’s a big pothole ‘that almost covers the full stretch of the road’ which his car run into and lost the right front tyre due to the kind of speed he was driving at. At this point, the Jeep bumped from the pothole and collided with the passenger side of the VIP bus.
The Jeep summersaults into the bush glory be to God the bus driver keeps a stiff hold of the steering until he stops by the side of the road at Mankranso to prevent us also from crashing. The screen of the VIP clashes springs into the bus and gives some bruises on the face of the conductor. I had a little cut on my left foot as well.
We managed to get out of our bus and run to the rescue of the passengers in the Jeep. With the help of two ropes, we turned it over onto its wheels and found only 3(THREE) BODIES IN THE CAR. A SOLDIER IN A UNIFORM AT THE FRONT, TWO FEMALES AT THE BACK AND NO DRIVER. AND I REPEAT “NO DRIVER” IN THE CAR.
We assume he might be in the bush so let’s look for him with help of torchlights. I heard someone saying is this the bus driver, when he saw a man bleeding by the side of the road. We approached him and asked are you the Jeep driver? he answered yes and he was on his feet when we saw him. As to how he got out of the car, none of us who were there to do the rescue knows about it and only the surviving Driver can tell.
I told Ebony’s driver to lye on the road so he slows down bleeding, he did and many questions started coming from onlookers but answers were not forthcoming so with secured a car to take him to the hospital.He couldn’t tell us Ebony was in the car. Various calls were made to the fire service, police and ambulance for help and they came EF. Till then none of us knew who those three dead passengers were even as I touched their pulse to check if I could find them alive.
Few minutes after the police and the other rescue team arrived, two big trucks drove into each other at the same accident scene we were standing. This will be around 12 am in the morning. We had to run for shelter as it wasn’t safe there anymore.
A VIP bus came from Sunyani to pick us and the amusing part was that this bus is the same bus that sold my seat to another passenger for GHC70 instead of GHC50 after I had told the conductor I was going to the washroom”.